2020.08.13 10:02

Lithuanian president meeting with Belarusian NGO reps to discuss assistance plan

Milena Andrukaitytė2020.08.13 10:02

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is on Thursday meeting with representatives of non-governmental organisations operating in Belarus.

"The president is holding an urgent meeting with [NGOs] operating in Belarus on emergency measures for Belarusian civil society in the face of the government's repression and a possible humanitarian crisis," Antanas Bubnelis, the president’s spokesman, told BNS.

On Wednesday, Nausėda proposed a three-point plan to resolve the political crisis in Belarus, including a "national council" bringing together the government and civil society representatives.

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The president told reporters that he had discussed the initiative with his Polish and Latvian counterparts.

If Minsk approved the initiative and released detainees, and halted the use of force, the three presidents could undertake a mediation mission, according to Nausėda.

Belarus' authorities announced on Monday that President Alexander Lukashenko had won a sixth term with 80 percent of the vote in Sunday's election.

The result, dismissed by the opposition as rigged, sparked protests in Minsk and other Belarusian cities.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the leading opposition candidate, left Belarus for Lithuania on Tuesday.